Travel Ban Puts Some American Families On Hold

Matt Katz, WNYC | February 1, 2017 | Politics
President Donald Trump's ban on immigration from certain Muslim countries isn't just affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and green-card holders

Maryam Tronco of Lincroft, with her four-year-old son. Her parents were just denied entry from Iran.
The implications of President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from certain Muslim countries isn’t just affecting refugees, asylum seekers, and green-card holders.

It’s reached right into Maryam Tronco’s home. And she’s an American citizen.

Tronco, a 43-year-old architect, moved from Iran to the United States 12 years ago. She married a landscape architect — a perfect match. Their first date was at Barnes & Noble.

Today, they have a 4-year-old son, and they’re making their home in Lincroft.  An American citizen, Tronco wanted her mother, 65, and father, 75, to move here from Iran and help raise her son.

“They passed through like a one-year process, background check, medical exam, everything,” Tronco said. Since Iran doesn’t have an American embassy, they traveled to Turkey to get their documents in order. The process took about 18 months.

After being approved for an American visa, Tronco’s parents sold their home. On Sunday, they went to the airport in Iran, but were turned away. Two days earlier, Iran was listed as one of seven Muslims countries in Trump’s executive order restricting travel.

“We went through everything with the United States law to get them here. And now all gone,” Tronco said. Her conversations with her parents in recent days were “just crying all the time.”

Tronco’s father’s visa expires in two weeks, so in the least they’ll have to start the process all over again. But the worst part is Tronco can’t even visit Iran to see them. She’s a Muslim; her husband is Christian. That’s forbidden in Iran.

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